It seems that there is a plague of Jew hatred infesting North American universities.
Only days after I posted about the Tufts Community Union student senate BDS vote deliberately held right before Passover when Jews could not attend, comes the latest in Jewish holiday Jew hatred: Passover Against Apartheid, co-sponsored by the Concordia University Student Union.
Make no mistake about it: This is a vile cultural appropriation of a Jewish holiday.
It’s occurrence today, during Passover, also ensures fewer Jews (or at least ones who truly care about their religious traditions) will be able to attend.
Having said that, I am glad they have done this. This is actually an own goal for the haters. Note the text on the poster, especially this part:
What blessings can we use to replace “Next year in Jerusalem?”
Without thinking, the haters are reminding everyone that the Passover Haggadah, written well over a thousand years ago, has text expressing our hope of returning to Israel, in particular our holiest city, Jerusalem. In fact, the holiday of Passover itself – in which we commemorate our exodus from Egypt with the purpose of receiving the Torah and making our home in the land of Israel – is a huge reminder of the importance of Israel as the Jewish homeland. After all, G-d did not take us out of Egypt to lead us to Lithuania.
This is all a stark reminder that Zionism is an integral part of Judaism!
I made a similar point last year, when the group IfNotNow held what they called “liberation seders.”
This is contempt for Judaism, plain and simple. Can you imagine the student union co-sponsoring a “Ramadan Against Terrorism” event?
Yeah, me neither.